PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two Rhode Island lawmakers are mounting another effort to legalize the use of marijuana and subject the drug to alcohol-style regulations and taxes.
Rep. Edith Ajello and Sen. Joshua Miller announced their legislation Wednesday. Similar legislation has failed in recent years but supporters say they believe there’s growing public support for an end to marijuana prohibition.
The proposal would allow people 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of pot or cultivate limited amounts of the plant. Marijuana retailers could be allowed to sell the substance, which would be heavily taxed at the wholesale and retail levels.
Lawmakers last year replaced criminal penalties for minor pot possession with civil fines.
Washington state and Colorado have already legalized marijuana.